5 Ways You Can Accidentally Lower Your Home’s Resale Value

2. Removing mature trees

Breadfruit tree in Kauai

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Mature trees can increase your home’s resale value by 10%, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but well-placed trees can lower energy bills and provide coveted privacy. Ripping out full-grown trees could be a turnoff to potential buyers, especially since they’re not easily or quickly replaced.

Your oaks and elms need to be planted in the right place and be well maintained if you want them to enhance, not detract, from your home’s resale value, though. Trees that are planted too close to the house can be a fire hazard, extensive root systems can damage foundations, and diseased or damaged trees can be hazardous, according to the Appraisal Institute.

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